‘Her’ Trailer: Joaquin Phoenix Falls in Love with Scarlett Johansson A.I.

Published 2 years ago by , Updated March 14th, 2014 at 6:51 pm,

Her is the new original film written and directed by Spike Jonze: the former music video helmer whose feature-length directorial efforts include a pair of critically-acclaimed exercises in bizarre meta-storytelling with screenwriter Charlie Kaufman – Being John Malkovich and Adaptation – and the unconventional adaptation of author Maurice Sendak’s beloved illustrated children’s novel Where the Wild Things Are. If you were to harbor a guess that Jonze’s new project is also unusual (yet not undefinable in terms of genre), then you would be correct.

Joaquin Phoenix – looking here more like a healthy and functional person (well, okay, relatively-speaking) than he did in P.T. Anderson’s The Master last year – stars in Her as Theodore: a divorced and asocial writer, who decides to buy a cutting-edge artificially-intelligent operating system in order to better organize and structure his life. What he did not expect was that the machine that he calls Samantha (voiced by Scarlett Johansson) would not only rejuvenate his passion for life – “she” would also prove to be the “woman” that he falls in genuine love with.

Phoenix is back at the top of his acting game, following his Oscar-nominated turn in The Master; likewise, the supporting cast for Her includes Phoenix’s Master costar Amy Adams, in addition to Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Olivia Wilde (Rush) and Chris Pratt (Zero Dark Thirty). Based on the Her trailer footage, the film’s talented acting crew looks to bring a non-sugarcoated sense of humanity to the characters (in terms of behavior/appearance) – that includes Johansson, whose voice is an excellent match for the budding consciousness that is “Samantha.”

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Thankfully, it appears as though Her will examine the realities of the the adult relationship between Theodore and Samantha. That doesn’t just mean there will be some uncomfortably-intimate discussions between the pair (teased in the trailer); hopefully, it’s a sign that Jonze intends to examine the more complex and troubling implications of the film’s story – like, what does it say about Phoenix’s character, that he would fall for an A.I. personality – and is their connection any more or less meaningful than that between two ordinary humans?

Similar to Jonze’s previous films, it’s safe to assume that Her won’t have as much appeal for mainstream audiences. Case in point, during opening weekend, Jonze’s boy-meets-computer love story will serve as counter-programming to the more accessible entertainment offered by The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Personally, I am excited to see both movies, especially since Jonze has yet to fail at delivering something though-provoking – sometimes even heart-breaking – and certainly a far way from being forgettable.

Let us know if you are into Her (sorry, could resist), based on the newly-released trailer. Is this the kind of indie film that’s up your alley?


Her will begin a limited theatrical release in the U.S. on November 20th, 2013.

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  1. looking forward to this! Jonze amazes me most of the time and the movie looks promising :)

    • If you like the look of this watch black morror the charlie brooker uk tv series,cos this is just a total ripe off of that wow,black mirror anyone, f**king hollywood fake indi stolen sh*t.
      I am going to sleep for 10 years wake me when movies are good again thanks.

  2. From the pic, it looks like Mr. Phoenix has channeled some Magnum PI-era Tom Selleck.

  3. Been following Jonze since he was a photographer for BMX Action and Freestylin’ Magazine in the 80′s.

    I loved Adaptation and Being John Malkovich (mostly because of Charlie Kaufman) but didn’t care for Where the Wild Things Are. This looks promising, though.

    And yes, I enjoyed The Master. ;)

  4. Wow, trailer is great.

  5. Essentially ‘Lars and the Real Girl’, but with A.I instead. I can dig. Should be good.

    • Thought the same thing. This is an updated version.

      • Funnily enough, I was going to bring that up myself too and ask if this could potentially show more than that movie did in terms of the main character’s loneliness.

        Lars was great but it felt like they could have added a little extra in terms of how everybody else felt and reacted to his personality and mannerisms because while the message of a community coming together for a likable person was great, it felt like it could’ve been more “hey, that person who acts a little odd shouldn’t get your scorn, maybe they just find human interaction difficult and here’s how we should help” in the overall message.

        Not afraid to admit that I sat down to watch it mainly to see what they would do with the doll aspect and whether they’d go the cliched route with it.

        Thankfully it didn’t but I found myself really drawn to Lars because of my own admitted social awkwardness and knowing some people with autism who are the same so hats off to Ryan Gosling for depicting it accurately and not going the stereotypical route that anybody else acting/directing it would have chosen.

        But yeah, back on topic, Her sounds like that movie but with the potential to be weird in places.

  6. Having found my fiance through a chat room, this movie intrigues me in the overall scope that it could cover in terms of how/why some of us can fall for someone we can’t be with 24/7 or in the movie’s case at all lol.

  7. Of his stuff I’ve only seen WTWTA, which I enjoyed a lot. Saw it twice in theaters if I remember correctly. I’ve been meaning to check out his other stuff. I’ll be seeing this fo sho.

  8. …her?

    • +1 come on!!!

      • :)

  9. Looks just as intriguing as Being John Malkovitch and Adaptation, if a little more low-key. Top marks for using Aphex Twin’s “Avril 14th” in the first thirty seconds of the trailer; sounds like a conventional piano piece but is actually a programmed sequencer playing a Disklavier. Deceptive and symbolic.

    • Malkovich Malkovich…

  10. so keen

  11. I’m crying already.

  12. Who could fall in love with such a low-pitched, unpleasent voice? Just cause Johhanson is hot doesn’t mean her voice is too.

  13. Saw the trailer for this at Dallas Buyers Club. Have to say I always like Jaaquin and I’ve always liked his work.

    This movie really interests me for various reasons. A.I. is here but it going to be interesting to see what kind of relationships we develop with these computers.

    • Well I have to admit, I was very impressed with Her. A few people thought it was creepy but I really enjoyed it. This situation isn’t that far off.